Mumbai: A benchmark index for Indian equities markets on Monday closed 54 points lower. The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 18,592.19 points, closed at 18,507.04 points, down 54.88 points or 0.3 percent from its previous close on Thursday at 18,561.92 points.

It had moved up to an intra-day high of 18,622.56 points in early trade but later slipped. It touched an intra-day low of 18,469.53 points.

The 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange also edged lower at 5,561.25 points, down 0.35 percent.

Broader markets too closed flat. The BSE midcap index nudged up 0.22 percent while the BSE smallcap index was up 0.37 percent.